Definition of enrich in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈriCH/
Pronunciation: /enˈriCH/


[with object]
1Improve or enhance the quality or value of: her exposure to museums enriched her life in France
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  • You share your wisdom and experience with others and enrich the quality of your work and relationships.
  • Promote efforts to increase the diversity of faculty members and students at colleges and universities as a means to improve and enrich the experience of higher education.
  • These students complete a rigorous training program that prepares them to serve for six weeks as Museum guides, thereby enriching the Museum experience for the thousands of children who visit it each summer.
enhance, improve, better, add to, augment;
supplement, complement;
boost, elevate, raise, lift, refine
1.1Add to the nutritive value of (food) by adding vitamins or nutrients: cereal enriched with extra oat bran
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  • To address the deficiency problem, food manufacturers enrich flour, maize, and rice and fortify breakfast cereals with iron.
  • In order to compensate, 90 percent of American companies enrich white rice with powdered nutrients, in an attempt to replace some of what they took out.
  • Japanese scientists have also succeeded in enriching the rice grain with iron.
1.2 (usually as adjective enriched) Increase the proportion of a particular isotope in (an element), especially that of the fissile isotope U-235 in uranium so as to make it more powerful or explosive.
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  • As a general rule, however, the biggest hurdle for a would-be nuclear power is the acquisition of fissile material - enriched uranium or plutonium.
  • The major limiting step is acquisition of the fissile material either enriched uranium or plutonium.
  • It is the metal that is left over after uranium is enriched for use in nuclear reactors.
1.3 Architecture Embellish a molding by carving or otherwise forming a sculpted, ornamental pattern, such as egg and dart: one may enrich the echinus of a Doric capital with the egg and dart motif
2Make (someone) wealthy or wealthier: top party members had enriched themselves
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  • Put it in stark terms and industrial workers, poorly paid, are asked to enrich young men who are already very wealthy.
  • All that did was prop up the company that never made much commercial success anyway for a few more years, enriching a few people on the way.
  • But investment by many of our multinationals has not enriched its people but impoverished them.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'make wealthy'): from Old French enrichir, from en- 'in' + riche 'rich'.

Words that rhyme with enrich

bewitch, bitch, ditch, fitch, flitch, glitch, hitch, itch, kitsch, Mitch, pitch, quitch, rich, snitch, stitch, switch, titch, twitch, which, witch

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Syllabification: en·rich

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